Crooked teeth - How to Fix?

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Crooked teeth - How to Fix?

Malocclusion, or in simpler terms, crooked teeth have negatively affected the facial appearance of millions of people around the world. It not only leaves a nasty appearance but also affects oral functionality and hygiene. If you’re one among the people who are looking for a way out of malocclusion, we have the perfect solutions for you!

What causes malocclusion?

Malocclusion is influenced by several internal as well as external factors. Here are some of them:

  • Improper growth of the jaws could cause them to either overgrow or undergrow. In such cases, the teeth would emerge either spaced too far from each other or too close to each other.
  • Bad oral habits such as constantly chewing on objects, biting nails, thumb sucking as a child, etc. could lead to malocclusion.
  • Bruxism or subconscious grinding of the teeth can not only cause teeth misalignment, but also lead to wear of the teeth. In extreme cases, it can even cause TMJ disorder.
  • Heredity is a major factor in malocclusion. Most often, when parents have bite related issues, so will the children.
  • extractions can initiate drifting of the remaining teeth (if the missing tooth isn’t replaced by a prosthetic).

Why should you get crooked teeth fixed?

  • Crooked teeth ruin the aesthetics of your smile. They can make you feel excessively conscious when you have a conversation with people or pose for pictures.
  • They are difficult to clean. Even after regular brushing and flossing, a lot of microbes will be left on the teeth as the bristles of the teeth will not be able to thoroughly clean the teeth. This can indirectly increase the chances of developing cavities.
  • Biting and chewing food would feel uncomfortable for people with misaligned teeth. Also, the pressure applied on certain teeth would be more, which could lead to change in the shape of the jawbones, and the face as a whole.
  • The risk of developing TMJ disorder is higher for patients with malocclusion.

How do you get crooked teeth fixed?

We have certain orthodontic solutions that would be the perfect solution to treat your condition. Some of them are as follows:

Dental braces: Braces are composed of metal brackets and wires that run through them. Metal brackets are attached to each tooth and they apply pressure on the teeth in the required direction to move them. If you prefer a much aesthetic option, you can either choose clear braces or invisible braces. Clear braces are composed of tooth-colored brackets and wires. They wouldn’t be as apparent as metal braces. In the case of invisible braces, they will be attached to the teeth on their rear side. This makes them completely concealed behind the teeth.

Invisalign: Invisalign is a type of clear aligner that is made from transparent plastic. It would stay in disguise when you put it on, but keep working its magic at moving the teeth as required. It is backed by state-of-the-art technology that allows us to accurately track the movement of the teeth.

Call our practice in the Bay Area of schedule an online appointment to know more about orthodontic treatment.

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